Life as a Lumber: what we have been up to

Whew! What a busy week! I shared our fall wreath last year and then I didn’t share anything else. Meant to, but time got away fro me. So instead, I’m going to share what we have been up to…before I get back at it this week.

Us, at Mosaic. We enjoyed a concert this weekend with our kiddos.

Work is keeping both adult members of our household super busy. If you are new here, I’m a teacher and my husband is a fire marshal. In our spare time (haha), we do woodwork and play at learning how to hobby farm.

We went with our church’s children’s ministry to Boo at the Zoo, a trick or treat and Halloween celebration at the NC Zoo. The kids really enjoyed it.

If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, you have already seen some of these. We have really just been trying to slow down and make some memories since the girls are growing fast.

Tomorrow, we will be spending time worshipping at church and catching up on some house and farm work. Bless you all- thanks for sticking with us!

Easy DIY Fall Wreath

I wanted a new fall wreath as mine has gotten a bit faded, but I didn’t want to spend a lot on it. I found some cute ones I really liked, but they were $70 or more. I just couldn’t see spending so much for a wreath I would only use for a year or two.

Did you know you can make a pretty but simple wreath all on your own ?

All you will need are these things: everything here cost me about $20.

I started by removing the tags from the flowers and arranging them on the wreath as I wanted. I then glued them down and secured the ends with floral wire.

I then added a cute little bow to my wreath.

My wreath was cute but it needed something more. I added this B that I already had.

Have you DIY’d any fall wreaths this year? I’d love to see them!

2021 Fall Home Tour

I have meant to post this for a few weeks now, but I never could seem to find the time. We have actually taken a step back and done a more minimal home tour this year- less fuss and more simplified. It’s an approach I really like and will likely continue. We actually aren’t finished with the outside of the house.

When you walk in our door, we have this little entry table. The entry table has a cute little basket vignette.
I’m absolutely loving our fire place this year! Michael and I built this from an antique mantle a few years ago and I love it. It’s one of my favorite things we ever built together. Aside from the kids, of course.
Firestarter pine cones on the hearth? Don’t mind if we do.
Fall tray on our living room table. Lots of faux pumpkins this year.
Fall pillows are everywhere! Here are two of them we have in our living room.
And also in our family room.
Some fall goodness in our kitchen. That cinnamon candle from Arhaus smells divine.
My dining room decked out for fall.
Our bathroom shelves.
The hall bath shelves

That’s a wrap for the inside of the house. I hope you enjoy our scaled down fall home tour.

Free Printable Friday: Happy October!

Good morning and Happy October! The month I most associate with fall, bonfires, and changing leaves is upon us!

photo from istock

As a result, I will be offering you a free fall printable today! One of my absolute favorite books growing up was Anne of Green Gables. I absolutely love this quote for that reason- and also because I agree with Anne Shirley. October is beautiful, wonderful, and worth looking forward to each year.

To download this printable, right click and save it to your device. For best results, do not print larger than 8×10. I like to use a print shop such as Staples Copy and Print and have them print on cardstock. Please also remember the printable is for personal use only. If you share this printable, please tag me. Thank you!

Have a w wonderful October first 🙂

Postcard Pretty Mountain Towns You Should Visit in North Carolina

  1. Tryon, NC

OMG, we loved this place so much. We decided on a whim to visit Landrum, SC; Tryon, NC and Saluda, NC for our anniversary one year. We found beautiful country, a charming downtown (we even met the mayor!) and some really delicious places to eat. Harper’s Pub is amazing- plus, it’s in a really neat old building.

2. Saluda, NC

We visited this tiny little town and didn’t want to leave. If you go to Saluda, I recommend hiking to Pearson’s Falls, a 100-foot waterfall. It’s absolutely beautiful. Like nearby Tryon, there are some delicious places to eat. I also enjoyed rummaging through antique stores and visiting a general store.

3. West Jefferson, NC

West Jefferson is one of our absolute favorite places on the planet. Close enough to Boone to visit, but away from the hustle and bustle of Boone. It’s a beautiful little town with a charming downtown and gorgeous views. Also, while you’re there, you’d better check out Hole Lotta Donuts!

Picture courtesy of High Country Visitor’s Guide

4. Blowing Rock, NC

Blowing Rock is, quite possibly, my favorite NC mountain town. I’d move here tomorrow if I could. We love the scenery and the downtown itself- so much character and charm. I wish I could tell you a specific store to check out downtown, but there are so many neat ones, I’m just going to recommend you visit them all 🙂 There’s also a really nice park and playground for your kids. If you visit here, you need to go to Kilwin’s for some homemade candies and ice cream. Everything there is delicious.

Courtesy of Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

5. Sylva, NC

As a proud grad of Western Carolina U, I have to include Sylva on this list. This beautiful little town is home to the most photographed courthouse in the South- with the mountain views, the landscaping and the streetlights, it’s easy to see why. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent there- so many delightful places to visit and so much delicious food! Go to Speedy’s Pizza- the restaurant has been open since the 70’s and it’s fantastic!

I hope you enjoyed my favorite mountain towns! We love exploring our state and finding new places to visit.